The Presidents Cup, a team match-play competition featuring 24 of the world’s top golfers – 12 from the United States and 12 from around the world, excluding Europe – is held every two years, and since 1996 has alternated between United States and international venues. Muirfield Village Golf Club becomes the third golf course in the United States to host the prestigious match-play competition, joining Robert Trent Jones Golf Club in Prince William County, Virginia (1994, 1996, 2000), and Harding Park Golf Course in San Francisco, California (2009).
The Presidents Cup was developed to give the world’s best non-European players an opportunity to compete in international team match-play competition. Fred Couples is the U.S. Team captain, while the International Team will be led by Nick Price. The 2013 event marks the 10th playing of The Presidents Cup. The U.S. Team leads the victories holding seven of the nine previous Presidents Cups. The only outright win by the International Team came at the 1998 event in Melbourne. The 2003 Presidents Cup ended in a tie.
The Presidents Cup is a unique golf event in that there is no purse or prize money. Players are not personally paid for their participation, but each competitor allocates an equal portion of the funds generated to charities of his choice. To date, over $27 million has been raised and distributed to at least 425 charities in 18 countries.